Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the Environmental Studies program are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.


Submissions from 2023

Avigail Bailon, Dominic Calicdan, and Chloe Truebenbach, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2023, Environmental Justice Curricula in Interdisciplinary Environmental and Sustainability Programs: Examining the Variance of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Institutions that Include Environmental Justice Curricula.

Avery Blumenthal and Lucas Cantrell, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2023, Politics and Economics in the Endangered Species Act: Evaluating Endangered Species Delistings

Cassie Cunniff, Diaraye Diallo, Beck Woollen, and Zia NoiseCat, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2023, Watering the West: An Exploratory Case Study of Indigenous Water Rights in the Colorado River Basin

Kenta Hikino and Kairah Foster, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2023, Live or Die: Survival Strategies of Organizations Promoting Clean Cooking

Henry Holcomb, Simran Kadam, Jane Zeman, and Francine Legba, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2023, Environmental Art: Reflections of America's Ecological Consciousness

Submissions from 2022

Gengyi (Rebecca) Chen and Theresa S. Chen, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2022, Evaluating Natural Climate Solutions as a Tool to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Reduce Climate Impacts: a Case Study at Carleton College

Katrina Jane Eichel and Klara Gabriela Heuchert, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2022, Striking a Balance with Wolves in the Last Best Place: How Cultural Heritage, Land Ethics, and Science Shape Perceptions of Wolves in Montana

Hannah MacLeod, Elias Franzen, Ella Stack, and Abigail Sutcliffe, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2022, "A new normal": the rise of Anthropocene rhetoric in local news media coverage of wildfire

Kara Sun, Ada Wright, and Astrid Steiner-Manning, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2022, Objections and Ideologies Surrounding the Development of Affordable Housing on Local Greenspace: A Case Study of the Kraewood Development Project

Submissions from 2021

Karah Haug, Andrew Farias, and Jack Schill, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2021, Cows, Colleges, and COVID: A Single Case Study into Northfield’s Climate Action Plan Implementation During the 2020 Pandemic

Grace Leslie, Yoshiko Lynch, and Tuomas Sivula, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2021, Climate Migration: Implications of Duluth as a “Climate-Proof City”

Submissions from 2020

Madeline Hagar and Caroline Hall, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2020, Reaching Carbon Neutrality: An Analysis of Higher Education Institutions' Approaches to Mitigating Scope 3 Emissions

Joe Liesman, Jared Kannel, and Nasra Mohamed, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2020, Plastic Art and Activism: How Artists are Taking on Plastic Pollution

Nicola Lowry and Mariah Casmey, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2020, Looking Back to Look Ahead: Providing Temporal Context for the Spare or Share Debate Using Land Use Change and Bird Populations

Heather Luedke and Emma Thomley, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2020, A Comparative Study of Climate Action Plans in Liberal Arts Colleges: Planning Processes, Climate Action Strategies, and Implementation Techniques

Justin Noble Webb and Akiko L.H. Williams, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2020, Pioneering Shipping Waste Management at Carleton College: How Individual and Institutional Behaviors Contribute to the Textbook Shipping Waste Stream

Submissions from 2019

James Harren, Mayte Aldrett, and Emma Dempsey, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2019, Tapping into Sustainability: How Local Craft Breweries Foster an Ethic of Sustainability through Community Building and Development of Placed Based Identity

Submissions from 2018

Archibald McDermott Fraser, Jerrilyn Goldberg, and Zifeng Wang, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2018, Spatial misallocation of utility-scale renewable energy across Minnesota

Bex Kestanbaum Klafter, Amy Andress Roach, and Rafael Guadalupe Soto, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2018, "Searching for Solar: Applying the Path of Least Resistance, a Case Study of Solar Gardens in Farmington and Lakeville, MN"

Kadin William Woolever and Willa Freidl Gruver, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2018, Rice County Farmers & the Conservation Reserve Program: Comparing Congressional & Local Perspectives

Submissions from 2017

III Robert Harris, Hannah Liatris Conklin Marty, and David Nevarez Meraz, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2017, Shifting Tallgrass Prairie Management Practices: The Influence of Fire on Public Health, Grassland Ecology, and Ranching Activities

Gina Helen Hatch, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2017, Cultural Inclusion in the Cowling Arboretum Restoration: Evaluating Ethnobotanical Connections and Assessing the Educational Value of Ethnobotanical Resources

Submissions from 2016

Anna Catherine Cich, Andre Field Miller, and Elizabeth Drew Higgins, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2016, The Backyard Birder: Ecological citizenship and motivations behind backyard chicken keeping on the urban edge, a case study of Northfield, Minnesota

Michelle Hoge, Chris Nootenboom, and Caroline von Klemperer, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2016, Spatial Optimization in Tallgrass Prairie Restoration: Tradeoffs between Ecosystem Services and Restoration Costs

Brent Alexander Murcia and Jacob Thedore Wasserman, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2016, Beefing Up Local Meat Production: Studying Constraints on Local Meat in Southern Minnesota

Emma Katherine Vinella-Brusher and Joseph Philip Haase, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2016, Assessing Urban Habitat Connectivity: Using Circuit Theory to Model Blanding's Turtle Movement

Submissions from 2015

Charles Alexander Bloom, Maria Elisabeth Kjellstrand, and Kathryn Rebecca Leys, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2015, Applying an Actor-Oriented Approach to Ecological Restoration: A Case Study of Coldwater Spring

Kathy Dooley, Arnaud Kpachavi, and Eli Skinner, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2015, The Impact of Land Use Change on Lake Phosphorus Concentrations in Dakota County, MN

Anna Oleta Redberg Larson, Sarah Townsend Lukins, and Laurel Elizabeth Goldner, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2015, Eating Off the Land: Cultural and institutional influences on ecological outcomes of Hmong gardens in Saint Paul, MN

Hanna Lee, Taylor Mayhall, and Robert Olney, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2015, A Sustainability Assessment of St. Paul Using LEED-EN

Cassandra Athena Prenn-Vasilakis, Jamie Laura Harrison, and Ingrid Freganse Lyons, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2015, Seeing Biodiversity: Exploring the factors that influence perception

Submissions from 2014

Jesse David Gourevitch, Madison Jean Halloran, Henry Merton Peyronnin, and Maggie Marie Sullivan, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2014, Applying the Analytical Hierarchy Process to Small Dam Management: A Case Study of the Ames Mill Dam, Northfield,MN

Anthony Hill-Abercrombie, Yuanbo Wang, and Liz Wilson, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2014, Languages of Legitimacy: Understanding Nonpoint Source Pollution in the Cannon River Watershed Through Methodological Complementing

Matt Barnes Jaquette, Zoe Frances Craig, Colleen Louise Stewart, and Jia Yang, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2014, Wading through the Muddy Floodwaters: Social Vulnerability to Flooding in Northfield, MN, a Case Study

Gwendolyn Jenkins, Sebastian Bouknight, and Lauren Young, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2014, Historic Preservation on an Industrial Riverfront: Local Perspectives of Minneapolis's Upper Harbor Terminal

Julia Clare Moen, Courtney Dufford, and Young-Eun (Amber) Kim, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2014, Implementing (Waste)water Treatment Alternatives: A Comparative Case Study of Small Town Decision-making

Submissions from 2013

Megan Elizabeth Brant, Courtney Elizabeth Halbach, Lindsay Leigh Guthrie, and Rose Cobb Cherneff, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2013, Extension in the 21st Century: Promoting Regenerative Agricultural Practices Using the Diffusion of Innovations Theory

Lara J. Brenner, Hannah Joy M. Wirshing, and Claire Z. McFadden, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2013, The American Lawn: Examining Our Cultural Commitment to an Energy-Intensive Institution

Jasmine Antonia Cutter, Karlie Linnea Haug, Madeleine Johanna Koski, and Emily Sheriff Rogers, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2013, Sold on Solar? Perceptions of Solar Panels in Grand Canyon National Park: An Analysis of the Implementation of Renewable Energy Technologies in National Parks

Ellen Margaret Farnham, Thomas George Holmes, Gregory Harris Phillips, and Jonathan Daniel Hillis, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2013, Building retrofits on campus: A case study of the comprehensive costs and benefits of improving energy efficiency at Carleton College

Mallika Jayaraman, Daniel Eric Ackerman, Phillip Peter Juda, and Alex Todd Waltz, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2013, Fueling the Future: Impacts of Climate Change and Land Use on the Economic Viability of Second Generation Biofuels

Fay Xiao Li, Elicia Cousins, Marianna Zapanta, and Claire Karban, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2013, Nuclear Power and Environmental Justice: A Mixed-Methods Study of Risk, Vulnerability, and the Victim Experience

Submissions from 2012

Benjamin Cushing, Erin Anderson, and Acadia Davis, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2012, Watering the Food Desert: A Policy Analysis of Urban Food Access Disparities in the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans

Irene Gilbert Hussey, Owen Scott McMurtrey, and Amelia Jane Harris, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2012, Buffalo for a Broken Agricultural System: Land-Use Intensity of the Bison Meat Industry from Montana to Indiana

Elizabeth Reines Nachman, Hannah Rose Heavenrich, and Ryan Raymond Noe, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2012, Valuing the ecosystem services of low-input, high-diversity prairie as a biofuel feedstock in southern Minnesota

Elena Patrice Rosenberg-Carlson and Emily Bliss Houser, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2012, Modeling Food Security in Kenya: Interactions Between Neoliberal Policy Reforms, Environmental Factors, and Food Security

Molly Ann Watters and Peter James Kerns, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2012, Urban forest inequality: Assessing the distribution of trees and their services across Twin Cities neighborhoods

Submissions from 2011

Ellen Huiskamp Esch, Kelsea Lanae Dombrovski, and Sydney Lian Weydemeyer, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2011, Motivating Enrollment: Rice County Landowners in the Conservation Reserve Program

Megan Milligan, Emily Kao, and Ben Sullender, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2011, Where Livelihood and Wildlife Collide: The Effectiveness of the Fortress Conservation Paradigm in Tarangire National Park

Amanda Miller Savitt and Samantha Ann Baker, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2011, Economic and Ethical Externalities Associated with Electric Vehicles

Zoe L. Statman-Weil, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2011, Agroecology in the MST: The fight for sustainability and social justice

Amy S. Teller and Bryce E. Gray, Environmental Studies (ENTS) 2011, Praying for Rain: Farmer Vulnerability to Climate Change in Mto Wa Mbu and Lukange Village, Tanzania

Submissions from 2010

Katie Blanchard 2010, Green Except for the Green: Lawncare, Sustainability and Placemaking at Carleton College